Lakehead U Emergency First Response Team Hosts Save-A-Life Wednesday

(Thunder Bay - March 7, 2004) On Wednesday, March 9, the Lakehead University Emergency First Response Team (LUEFRT) will be holding the annual Save-A-Life Wednesday.

In the Agora from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be displays and showcases from many emergency and health organizations in Northwestern Ontario. This is an opportunity for the Lakehead Community to interact with personnel and about the valuable service that these organizations provide.

What: Save-A-Life Wednesday
Where: Lakehead University Agora
When: Wednesday, March 9 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Attending Organizations include:
Ski Patrol, St. John Ambulance, Air Ambulance 7797, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Lakehead Search and Rescue, Thunder Bay Sexual Assault, and many more.

The Lakehead University Emergency First Response Team is a student-administered, volunteer service which operates on an on-call basis 24-hours a day, seven days-a-week throughout the academic year. Radio dispatched through campus Security, LUEFRT will arrive within minutes to provide pre-hospital emergency care and first aid to students, staff, faculty, and visitors on campus.

LUEFRT is a dynamic and growing university department. In early September the team recruits and trains new members. In order to be a team member, applicants must hold both a valid Standard First Aid and CPR Level "C" application certification. After completing an application form, those qualified are invited to be interviewed. Following the interview selected applicants attend team training. Training for LUEFRT consists of two consecutive weekends of review and evaluation of emergency care skills with instructors who are Paramedics, Nurses, Physicians and First Responders. A continuing education program for active First Responders works to maintain and continually improve the standard of care provided by the LUEFRT.

For more information, contact Darryl Pater, Director, LUEFRT, at 343-8209.


Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Communications Officer, Lakehead U, 807-343-8177 or 807-472-9113

The Hangar Officially Opens

(Thunder Bay - March 4, 2005) Lakehead University has officially opened the doors to its new multi-sport athletics facility, The Hangar.

(l-r) Rob Wandell, Marketing & Pre-Construction, McDonald Brothers Construction; Dr. Fred Gilbert, President, Lakehead University; Graham Strickert, President, Lakehead University Student Union; Tom Warden, Director of Athletics Lakehead U; and Adam Eikenberry, Lakehead U student rep.

The Hangar houses an indoor running track, multi-purpose indoor field, aerobic/yoga studio, weight room and fitness center, climbing wall, student lounge, and a sports medicine clinic.

"We are very proud of this student-driven initiative," says Graham Strickert, Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) President. "The Hangar started as an idea of the students, and together with Athletics and the Administration, the students' vision is now a reality."

The construction of this new facility was supported by a referendum, where 76.7% of the students who voted were in favour of a $35-per-semester fee for this new facility.

Dr. Gilbert tests the new field with an impromptu game of football.
The initiative to expand the athletics facilities at Lakehead University came out of consultations between Administration, Lakehead University Student Union, and the Athletics department. The facility will be managed as a joint venture between the Student Union, the Athletics Department, Physical Plant, and University Administration.

"The Hangar is an excellent facility with state-of-the-art equipment and design," says Tom Warden, Lakehead University Director of Athletics. "This facility will help meet the lifestyle needs of all our students and further enrich their university experience."

"This new sporting centre would not have been possible without the strong student support shown in the referendum results," says Dr. Fred Gilbert, Lakehead University President. "The dedication shown by the students in the drive to have Hangar built has paid off, and this outstanding facility is proof."

Membership is free for students. The facility is also available to current members and the public for a fee. Call the Athletics Office at 343-8213 for more information.

Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Office of Communication, Lakehead U, 343-8177 or 472-9113
Graham Strickert, LUSU President, 343-8550

Lakehead U & College Reaching Out to Employers

(Thunder Bay - March 3, 2005) Lakehead University and Confederation College, in co-operation with the Thunder Bay Human Resources Centre of Canada, are working together to reach potential employers of students and graduates.

On Thursday, March 10, the University and College are conducting a free information session for employers who are considering hiring a student or graduate, and are also interested in wage subsidy/tax credit programs. The session can be attended in person or via a webcast to allow employers from across the region to attend.

"We feel that it is important for employers across Northwestern Ontario to know about the services offered when looking to hire grads and students," says John DeGiacomo, Manager, Student Placement and Co-operative Education Centre at Lakehead U. "Sometimes it's not possible for employers in Dryden, for example, to come in to town, but this is information that they should have access to. Through the webcast option, distance is no longer an issue."

Topics will include the employment services offered by Lakehead University and Confederation College, including their respective free online job banks for employers to post employment opportunities, and the various government funding support programs available to which employers might apply in order to offset the cost of recruiting students and graduates.

The session will be in Lakehead U's ATAC, Room 2021 at 2:30 p.m. on March 10. The webcast will be broadcast live. For more information on the webcast, visit

An optional 30-minute tour of the ATAC building will also be available for interested participants at the end of the information session 3:30 p.m.

Members of the Media: To interview John DeGiacomo, call 807-343-8264.


Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Communications Officer, Lakehead U, 807-343-8177 or 807-472-9113

Naming Celebration, Open House for New Lakehead U Multi-Sport Athletics Facility

Members of the media are invited to attend the naming celebration and open house for the new Lakehead University Multi-Sports Athletics facility.

What: Naming Celebration and Open House for new sports complex
When: Friday, March 4 at 2 p.m.
Where: New Multi-Sport Athletics Facility, Lakehead University

This is a chance for a guided tour of the facility and to learn about how the new facility came to be.

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring a change of shoes to this event. Only clean indoor shoes will be allowed, or you will have to go shoeless. This rule will be enforced.


Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Office of Communications, 807-343-8177 or 807-472-9113

Two Evolutionary Experts Speak at Lakehead U

"Misinterpreting Great Ideas: The Cost of Evolutionary Ignorance"

(Thunder Bay - March 3, 2004) The first Lakehead University Eminent Scholars' Forum, "Misinterpreting great ideas: The cost of evolutionary ignorance," is taking place Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. in UC-1017.

Two undisputed world experts on evolution, and evolutionary thought, will participate in the forum. Dr. Michael Ruse, Florida State University, will present "Darwinism and Atheism: A Marriage made in Heaven?" Dr. Graham Bell, McGill University, will present "The Evolutionary Biology of Social Concern."

This is an interdisciplinary event aimed at bringing Lakehead U's graduate students together in the sharing of ideas, but is open to all staff, faculty, students, and the general public.

Members of the Media are invited to attend, however, interviews with the forum organizers can be set up on March 4 and 7. Interviews with the speakers can take place at approximately 6 p.m. on March 8.

Contact: Dr. Douglas Morris , Biology, 343-8162 and M.Sc. Candidate Michael Oatway, 343-8732.

Dr. Michael Ruse (FRSC, Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University) is, perhaps, the pre-eminent evolutionary thinker of our time. Dr. Ruse founded and is editor of Biology and Philosophy, is editor of the Cambridge University Press series on "Philosophy of Biology", has authored more than 30 books dealing with evolution, philosophy, history, and theology, and is perhaps best known for his trilogy "Monod to Man," "Mystery of Mysteries," and "Darwin and Design."

Webpage for Dr. Ruse:

Dr. Graham Bell (FRSC, Professor and Director of the Redpath Museum, McGill University) is a prolific author of more than 90 peer-reviewed papers on the dynamics of evolution dealing with topics such as adaptation, molecular evolution, the evolution of sex and gender, as well as four books ("The masterpiece of nature," "Sex and death in protozoa," "Basics of selection," and "Selection: the mechanism of evolution").

Webpage for Dr. Bell:


Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Communications Officer, Lakehead U, 807-343-8177 or 807-472-9113

Lakehead U Challenges Grade 7 & 8 Students to Think Like Engineers

(Thunder Bay, March 2, 2005) The minds of Grade 7 and 8 students will be challenged at Lakehead University during National Engineering Week (February 27 to March 5). In order to get students thinking like engineers, they will be designing and building spaghetti bridges, paper airplanes, electromagnetic fishing poles, even an egg dropper that will allow the egg to fall from a two-storey high elevation without breaking

National Engineering Week is a Canada-wide, annual celebration designed to increase awareness of the importance of engineering and technology in our daily lives, and to encourage young people to consider engineering as their career of choice. These four competitions are designed and run by the Student Chapters of the Institutes of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEE), the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE), the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), and the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (CSME). The Engineering Student Society (ESS) is coordinating the events at Lakehead.

The competitions take place in the Agora and the hallway on the main floor of the Centennial Building. The schedule is:

Thursday, March 3, 2005
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Spaghetti Bridge and Egg Drop Competitions

12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Electromagnet and Paper Airplane Competitions

Members of the media are welcome to drop by and speak with the participants and event organizer Dr. Meilan Liu. The best time to attend is the morning session between 10 to 11 for the most action. Please call Marla at 343-8177 if you plan to attend closer to the end of the session.


Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Lakehead U, 807-343-8177 or 472-9113

Lakehead U Distinguished Instructor Award

(Thunder Bay - March 1, 2005) A Lakehead University School of Social Work faculty member has been selected the 2004 Distinguished Instructor.

Dr. Margaret McKee
The Lakehead University Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning is hosting the 2004 Distinguished Instructor Address by Dr. Margaret McKee on Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge.

Dr. McKee's address is entitled "Practicing What I Teach: Teaching What I Practice."

What: Distinguished Instructor Address
When: Wednesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Faculty Lounge

Members of the Media are invited to attend the address. To set up a time to interview Dr. McKee, please call Marla Tomlinson at 343-8177.


Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Office of Communications, 807-343-8177 or 807-472-9113

LU Radio Hits the Airwaves

(Thunder Bay - Tuesday, March 1, 2005) Lakehead University's radio station, LU Radio, can now be heard both online and on air. Today, Tuesday, March 1, LU Radio started broadcast on CILU 102.7 FM.

Listeners can tune in from all over the city. Check out the station online at

Designing Wind Turbine Plants of Thunder Bay

(Thunder Bay - Monday, February 21, 2005) The community is invited to attend a presentation and discussion entitled "Designing Wind Turbine Plants of Thunder Bay" on Wednesday, February 23 at 9:30 p.m. in AT-1003. This will be presented by a Lakehead University Geography Student, who is working on his student's thesis entitled "The Local Aesthetics of Wind Turbine Placement Surrounding the City of Thunder Bay."

"The building of wind turbine manufacturing plants here in Thunder Bay would be excellent for the struggling economy, excellent for the society whose businesses, youth and upper middle class are migrating therefore decreasing the tax revenue and cultural wealth," says Aaron Vallejo, who will be making the presentation. "The development would also be excellent for the environment, which is in need of drastic ecological regeneration."

Vallejo says the wind industry, a global multi-billion dollar business, grew 40% last year. With the realities of peak oil, global warming, and economic and environmental instability, the question is not whether Canada will build a renewably powered Canada, but rather 'how fast can we build a renewably powered Canada?'

Everyone interested in wind power is encouraged to attend. Members of the media are welcome to attend, or interview Aaron Vallejo before the event. Please call Marla at 343-8177 for Aaron's contact information.


Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Lakehead University, 807-343-8177 or 807-472-9113

Seventh Annual Graduate Studies and Research in Education Conference

(Thunder Bay - February 17, 2005) The Seventh Annual Graduate Studies and Research in Education Conference will take place on Saturday, February 19.

This year's opening address is entitled "Assessing Our Students: How the Province Helps Boards and Schools Make the Grade" and will be presented by Dr. Jennifer Adams (Lakehead District School Board).

The Keynote Address entitled "So Many Tests...So Much Data?" will be given by Dr. Ruth Childs.

What: Seventh Annual Graduate Studies and Research in Education Conference
When:Saturday, February 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: ATAC, Room 1006

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA: For further information, please contact Dr. John O'Meara, 343-8054 or


Dr. Ruth Childs is a faculty member at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT), where she teaches in the graduate and initial teacher education programs. Her research includes analysis approaches for large-scale testing programs and the impacts of testing programs. She is currently working on a project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, studying how Ontario Grade 3 teachers prepare their students for the province-wide standardized tests. Before joining OISE/UT, Professor Childs worked with testing programs in the U.S.

Dr. Jennifer Adams is the Superintendent of Education for the Lakehead District School Board. She received her PhD from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). She chaired the writing team that developed the first EQAO Grade 3 Provincial Assessment. She worked as a member of the Assessment Training Consortium, a group of 8 school boards focused on improving assessment literacy in the province of Ontario. Jennifer is currently a member of the Provincial Advisory Committee: MISA (Managing Information for Student Achievement).

Contact: Marla Tomlinson, Office of Communications, 807-343-8177 or 807-472-9113